Spring Enrollment for Period Empowerment Scholarship Accounts Now Open

Parents have until November 15 to apply for groundbreaking school choice program

PHOENIX, AZ (October 28, 2011) – Arizona families can now submit spring term applications  for the state’s landmark Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESAs), the Arizona Department of Education recently announced.

The Alliance for School Choice, a leading national school choice organization, praised the innovative new program, which allows parents of children with special needs to receive an account that they can use to choose the best educational services and environment for their children.

Sponsored by State Senator Rick Murphy and House Majority Whip Debbie Lesko and signed by Governor Jan Brewer last legislative session, ESAs are currently providing 75 Arizona families with the opportunity to send their children to the school of their choice.

Parents have until Tuesday, November 15 to apply for an ESA for the spring term. For applications and more information about the accounts, parents are encouraged to visit the Arizona Department of Education’s website at http://www.azed.gov/esa/esa-spring-enrollment-information/esa-spring-enrollment-timeline/

An information session on the program will also be held this Tuesday, November 1, 2011 from noon – 3pm PDT at the Arizona Department of Education, located at 1535 West Jefferson, Room 417, Phoenix, AZ 85007.

Empowerment Scholarship Accounts are accounts established to provide an education for qualified students that must include reading, grammar, mathematics, social studies and science. Qualifying students must be Arizona residents, must be identified as having a disability, and have either attended a public school for the first 100 days of the previous school year or previously received a scholarship from a private school choice program in the state. Accounts are awarded an amount of 90 percent of each student’s funding level as determined by the school funding formula.

The Alliance for School Choice seeks to improve our nation’s K-12 education by advancing systemic and sustainable public policy that empowers parents, particularly those in low-income families, to choose the education they determine is best for their children.